Category Archives: Responsibility and Ethics

A Duke University Sexual Assault Case

March 3, 2015 Just coming into public view is a sexual assault case at Duke University. The student newspaper at Duke reports that two students made separate allegations of sexual assault against Rasheed Sulaimon during the 2013-14 academic year. The first … Continue reading

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Graham Spanier’s Responsibility

July 24, 2014 This week’s New York Times Magazine has a profile of Graham Spanier, the former president of Penn State who was dismissed or fired (there are opposing claims about which) as a consequence of the revelations that Jerry … Continue reading

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Constraints on Leadership: Missions, Roles and Values

April 3, 2014 “We must not suppose that those in authority are unaware …, but we must recognize that their liberty of action is often circumscribed by the nature of their office: the powerful are not necessarily free.” That quotation … Continue reading

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Do Sports Build Character — Heisman Trophy Edition

December 6, 2013 “I think they handled it tremendous,” Fisher said of the team’s reaction to the Winston investigation. “I think it’s because they believe in each other. They trust in each other. They believe in what we’re doing here. … Continue reading

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Dealing with Racial Incidents

March 5, 2013    Update below (3/9) Oberlin College is dealing with a run of racial incidents by person or persons unknown. On Monday this week, college officials cancelled classes after a person was spotted wearing KKK-style robes near its African … Continue reading

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History Lesson: Manifest Destiny

November 5, 2012 That’s the T-Shirt that the Gap was selling, that it has now withdrawn as offensive.  You can read the Huffington Post story here. More interesting, however, is an essay in Inside Higher Ed entitled “Why History Matters,” … Continue reading

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Why We Cheat

September 15, 2012 Stephen Gimbel, a philosopher at Gettysburg College, has one view about why people cheat, even those with great capability who do not need to cheat to succeed.  He thinks we’ve come to put too much emphasis on … Continue reading

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